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Home > News > Personal Injury News

29th January 2007

Teeside Widow Seeking Husband's Former Colleagues

A widow from Teeside is searching for her husband's former colleagues after her husband died from asbestos related lung cancer.

Elsie Hammond, formerly of Hartlepool, but now living in Lincolnshire, is looking for anyone who might have worked with her husband Bryan.

Mr Hammond was 73 when he died in February 2006 and throughout his life worked for a number of asbestos insulation contractors.

The companies that he worked for were all based in the Teeside area. They include: Darlington Insulation, John T Schofield and Sons, Cork Insulation and Joseph Nadins.

The companies dealt mainly in asbestos insulation in ships and public buildings and employees were expected to travel all over the country to work.

Asbestos Exposure

Mr Hammond began his working life as a lagger for Newalls Insulation at the age of fourteen where he worked until 1958. Mr Hammond worked on board various ships at yards in Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, fireproofing them with asbestos.

Mr Hammond then went on to work for Darlington Insulation Company as a lagger between the years of 1958 and 1962 and then for John T Schofield & Sons from 1962 to 1963.

From 1963 to 1964 the client was then employed by Cork Insulation and Asbestos Company before going to work for Joseph Nadin in 1964 to 1965. Later on that year the couple moved away from the Teeside area.

Deterioration in Health

According to his wife Mr Hammond was always a fit and active man. However in August 2005 his condition began to deteriorate and in January 2006 he was admitted to hospital.

She comments: "Bryan was an active man who always tried to keep himself busy. He used to love going to local auctions and buying engines or machines which he would do up and sell. Between August 2005 and Christmas 2005 he became ill and lost the enthusiasm for his hobby."

"Prior to this time he was very fit for his age and would always help with the decorating and DIY around the home. Although the garden was my area, Bryan would help out by cutting the lawns."

"If anyone can remember working with Bryan please contact Clear Answers. Any information you may have will help me to obtain closure by proving who was to blame for Bryan's death"

Representing the Hammond family is Tony Hood of Clear Answers' lawyers Thompsons Solicitors.

He comments: "It is important that we build up a picture of Mr Hammond's working life so we can establish the details of where and when he was exposed to asbestos."

"We need the help of local people to secure justice for the Hammond family. If anyone worked with Mr Hammond or can recall working for the same companies on similar jobs I would be very grateful to hear from them."

Anyone who has any information should contact Tony Hood on 0191 269 0488.

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